Jordan Kron was good enough against Sierra High.
The East Union High junior hurler followed up Brock Swift’s perfecto of a few days ago by scattering three hits while fanning nine. He helped lead his team to a 3-1 Valley Oak League victory.
“I’ll take the ‘w,’” said Kron, who also delivered a lead-off double in second inning that accounted for one of the two runs in the frame.
“Jordan made a lot of big pitches against us but he also threw a lot (of pitches),” said Timberwolves coach Jack Thomson. “He often went deep in the count.”
Good pitching and tough defense was again the Lancers’ calling card. Third baseman Zac Carrillo came up with a backhanded stab coupled with a strong throw for the first out of the game.
John Olague made a similar-type play at first base late in the game.
“That’s how you win games,” said East Union coach Dan Triglia.
The Lancers (4-6, 9-9) have caught fire of late and will need some help in their bid for a playoff spot. “We still have to win out,” Triglia added.
Against Sierra, Kron relied on his fastball early on. He turned to his off-speed stuff later in the game.
“As a pitcher, you have to have confidence in (throwing) all of your pitches,” he said. “Anyone can hit a fastball.”
He had a confidence in throwing his curve ball deep in the count.
In the second, East Union scored twice on back-to-back double by Kron and Swift. Jake Danhoff’s two-out double plated Swift.
Sierra got a run in the fifth thanks to a lead-off single by Marc Wilson. He advanced on Joseph Collett’s single, scoring on Jason Angelo’s sacrifice fly.
The Timberwolves (3-7, 11-9) also played stellar defense.
Right fielder Collett went deep in foul territory for a put out. Second baseman Dominic Alejandre also came up with a running grab in the gap.
Thomson praised his pitchers.
“Mike (Leland) pitched well for us,” he said. “John (Waggy) did a good job in relief.”
Waggy came in with the bases juiced in the fifth and one out, coming up with the 4-6-3 double play. “It would’ve been the game for us if not for that double play,” Thomson said.
Prior to that, East Union pushed another run across. Olague drew a lead-off walk, moved to second on Alex Dias’ sacrifice bunt and, after an infield single by Bryson Stonum, scored on Steven Gigli’s single.
He and Triglia enjoyed the quality of this week’s series.
“This is a good, healthy rivalry,” said Thompson.
Added Triglia: “Every time we play it’s always a battle.”
East Union collected seven hits. Sophomore left fielder Danhoff had two hits while Dias also had a double.